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  • Knitting
    the builder and then find the yarn which can be tricky then have a look at pre made packs such as The Homemakery s Yarn Packs This one in particular is one of my favourites inspired by Orla Keily And finally my other go to for choosing colour schemes is looking at the selvedge of fabrics Ever noticed those coloured circles that pick out the colours of the pattern on the fabric Looks at those circles for some inspiration and ideas There you go this is a long post but I hope it s given you some useful information and that it will indeed be useful to you in choosing you next colour scheme Are there any other things you have found inspiration from when embarking on your next knitted or crochet blanket Filed Under Crochet DIY Knitting Tagged With crochet knitting yarn Demistfying the Yarn Label by jane Leave a Comment 11 May 20 15 Never chuck the yarn label away I say to all our beginner knitters when teaching a class There is a wealth of information you can get from the label It s so disappointing when you buy some yarn you ve fallen in love with made a gorgeous item and then accidentally felted shrunk it in the washing machine because you didn t realise it was hand wash only worse still given the blanket to someone who wasn t told it was hand wash only and they have shrunk it The label gives us information on the needle size to use crochet and knitting how to care for it i e hand wash or dry clean for example the dye lot shade number and weight of the yarn also Often there is also a tension square and always you are told the fibre of the yarn which is what determines how you care for it Cheaper yarns will be made from man made fibre such as acrylic and as a general rule you could say the more expensive the yarn is the more natural it is However I know when you want to knit or crochet an item for someone you may want to splash out on some gorgeously expensive super soft wool but before you make that purchase do think about who you are making the item for For example a new mummy won t want to be hand washing a beautiful blanket you made her each time it gets dirty so look at the yarn label and make sure its machine washable Pure 100 wool fibre will most likely need to be hand washed whereas acrylic or mixtures of man and natural fibres can be thrown into the machine Apart from how to care for the wool there is some other really important information on the label lets take a look This symbol tells us the recommended knitting needle size for this yarn Here you can see that UK needle size 5 5mm 6 5mm is recommended it then also tells you that the US size 9 10 5 If you crochet you can assume that size 5 5mm to 6 5mm crochet hook is recommended This grid is call the tension square and tells you that if you used 5 5mm 6 5mm needles and cast on 14 stitches and knitted 20 rows of garter stitch then your square should measure 10 x 10cm Tension squares are always 10 x 10cm And lastly these are the washing instructions wash at 40 degrees you will also notice its 100 acrylic too If you look at the original photo at the start of this post you will see some other instructions such as do not iron and cool tumble dry Filed Under Crochet Knitting Tagged With knitting yarn labels How to Make T Shirt Yarn by jane Leave a Comment 6 May 20 15 It s almost time to sort through your summer wardrobe but before you throw anything out check out our handy pic showing how to make t shirt yarn out of an old top Once cut this chunky yarn is perfect for baskets bags and even slippers and it s a great way to recycle Have fun In my mind where I have 24 7 hours available to craft I want to make a lovely bath mat out of t shirt yarn Step 1 Lay out your t shirt or top on a flat surface Cut any excess so that you are left with a square i e if its a t shirt cut off those sleeves with my top I cut off the knotted band which of course I kept for another project Step 2 Now you just need to cut strips of about 2 5cm 1 inch wide Do not cut the strip right off cut up to 1 inch of the seam Then stop By doing this it will allow you to make a continuos long strip of yarn Step 3 Open your top so that you have the 1 inch seam flattened out and then cut on the diagonal such as the photo shows you Keep going until you get to the last diagonal cut Step 4 You should now have one long strip roll it up into a ball and just add it to your stash Filed Under Crochet Knitting Tagged With crochet knitting yarn Easter Bunny Quick and Easy Craft by jane Leave a Comment 26 Mar 20 15 This is such a simple and quick Easter knitting project Suitable for beginners and all levels Make these cute bunnies filled with a Creme Egg or any chocolate egg of your choice out of a simple knitted square All you need are Knitting Needles Small amount of yarn Chocolate Egg Darning Needle And here is tute guys 1 Knit a square either 10cm x 10cm or 15cm by 15cm any larger and it will be too big Look at your yarn label for the tension square to get the number of stitches to cast on and
    http://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk/category/knitting/ (2016-04-29)

  • Out
    and best car boot sale you will find The first time I ever attended one of these boot sales I came home with a lovely baby blue Singer sewing machine that you can see sitting pride of place in the studio I haven t quite found a bargain as good as that it was only 10 but there are always hordes of great little trinkets like sunglasses vintage Ladybird books cute tea towels handbags and all sorts of others accessories to be found The best find of the day A vintage beaded purse bag I was desperate to try on this turquoise hat with all that bright veiling Held at Kings Cross in London the event is a really great day out for everyone Depending on how serious you are about shopping however it can be a bit tricky when you re trying to trawl through what s on offer and bargain with sellers when you have two kids in tow one of whom specifically one the look out for a spaceship with a dinosaur A recycled fun fair horse carousel into a light Luckily it s not all knick knacks and bric a brac and there s food and music ranging from 40s 80s being played atop an open air Routemaster bus to help keep the little ones and big ones entertained not to mention so many colourful characters dressed up in vintage gear and hairstyles for the occasion Check out that couple in the photo and then check out those martini glasses With the sun shining and so many vintage clothes craft items and haberdashery for sale what better way is there to spend a weekend than relaxing and getting inspired by these amazing people and things Old tin drums Now where was this book when I got
    http://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk/category/out/ (2016-04-29)

  • Sewing
    us what you have made and small enough to carry in your bag Filed Under Sewing Tamara Melvin s Sewing Workshops by jane Leave a Comment 16 Feb 20 15 A couple of weekends ago we had the pleasure of welcoming Tamara Melvin from The Great British Sewing Bee fame to Tea Crafting This was her first workshop at Tea Crafting and we were so excited to have her The workshop sold out and it was a great way to spend what was a rainy and cold Sunday afternoon There are still a few spaces left on Tamara s March workshop click here for more information You don t even need to know how to use a sewing machine either for some of the workshops Everyone got stuck in straight away Julia bottom left hand corner had never used a sewing machine and whilst she didn t finish the blouse in the class she didn t have much to do at home With some help and excellent tips from Tamara Julia got sewing pretty much immediately Tamara has always been inspired by upcycling and this came through on the GBSB and true to form she arrived armed with gorgeous used fabrics in the form of old shirts duvets and curtains even If upcycing isn t your cup of tea no problem we can let you know how much fabric needed for the class beforehand but everyone wanted to get involved in re using some of Tamara s fabric and I wasn t surprised Tamara s stash is brilliant and included some vintage 60 s prints fabric she used on the show for her haute couture piece and the wonderful curtains All of these were used on the day After cups of tea some cake time at the machines calling Tamara over for some SOS the afternoon was coming to an end Tamara started a countdown with the sewers just for some added pressure like the show Just have a look to see what some of our lovely budding GBSB ers made Nikki used old curtains and added in an exposed zip for an extra glam factor you ll notice Tamara s blouse is also made from the same fabric whilst Grace opted for curtains too with big bold prints Theresa above left went for some Marimekko esque print and Matsya above right didn t waste any time in securing the floral print Tamara used for one of her final pieces on the GBSB Below is a variation on the blouse using a men s shirt The ruffles were made from the sleeves and no hemming was needed either as the shirt had its own hem I m itching to get sewing now Filed Under Sewing Tagged With Dressmaking Great British Sewing Bee sewing Tamara Melvin A Pair of Trousers for Joshua by jane 3 Comments 20 Nov 20 13 After doing Gemma s class on dressmaking I have been itching to use my new super duper sewing machine to make Joshua a pair of trousers after Gemma dropped off this adorable pair of reversible lined trousers for kids at the studio a month ago Check out her gorgeous Etsy shop here Gemma s ethos is all about waste not want not and I m becoming a massive fan of up cycling after her workshop because a fabric is expensive and b its actually quite lovely to make something out of something else especially when the original item holds some value sentiment and when its of good quality So when my husband put a pair of grey trousers to the side because they no longer fit him I grabbed them and put them in my fabric pile knowing they ll be useful one day I bought some tartan fabric to line them and set about trying to sew a pair of lined trousers eek I didn t have a pattern to hand and unexpected offer of childcare meant I had to take advantage of the morning right then and there So I used a pair of Josha s trousers as a template I do think next time I will buy a pattern however because it was a little tricky doing this without being able to take the actually trousers apart I found The yellow trousers are the template trousers One thing I did notice is that when the trousers are folded the back is bigger than the front must be nappy room You can probably see how one side is larger than the other clearer in the below photos The trousers don t fold symmetrically The waist line is higher at the back and the legs have slightly more width by the nappy bottom area on one side too back side And so I set off about tracing the yellow trousers onto the Gavin s old pair of trousers can you see how nicely they fit with plenty of spare fabric on each side I used this tutorial to help me along and cut 8 pieces of fabric in total 2 x grey fronts 2 x grey fronts 2 x tartan fronts 2 x tartan backs I followed the Sew She Sews tutorial and here are the trousers complete and the next photo shows the lining trousers being slotted carefully wrong side out into the grey trousers It really wasn t nearly as complicated as I had thought and I managed to sew a pair in about 4 hours that includes all the cutting and researching and unpicking my mistakes too I am SO pleased with them and can t wait for Joshua to wear them they re just a little too fresh for this weather at the moment I ve always loved sewing but would mainly make patchwork cushions and quilts I dabbled here and there with dressmaking very simple things but Gemma s workshops certainly gave me that when you first discover a craft feeling do you know what I mean by that Its that feeling that kind of
    http://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk/category/sewing-2/ (2016-04-29)

  • Sewing
    everything under 23kgs and no boarding passes to have printed out Just an easy stress free weekend away The best bit about this whole trip was that I got lots of passenger time to knit I ve wanted to knit a bag of some sort for such a long time Instead of pre planning what I would wear on Saturday and Sunday I pre planned the making of my knitted bag note to self this is why you had no toothbrush pyjamas or socks in your overnight bag and my bamboo handles arrived just in time phew So in the car I knitted and knitted away as we got stuck in traffic and made our way to Woodstock I quite like my self designed knitted bag In fact I seriously love it I used two balls of Rowan Big Wool in Blue Velvet to make this up and it took me about 3 4 hours in total Filed Under Knitting Sewing Summer Months My Clutch by jane 1 Comment 1 Aug 20 10 I am very proud of this clutch bag that I made I had to dust off my sewing machine it has been so long since I have used it but it didn t take me long to remember how to thread the bobbin with a little help from a You Tube video and off I went I enjoyed making this so much that this will be workshop in October I also then experimented with crocheting and well you will just have to wait to see what the outcome was Filed Under Sewing Follow Us on Instagram Search Search for Upcoming Workshops Mon May 2 2016 Modern Calligraphy for Beginners Wed May 4 2016 Pattern Reading Cable Stitching Tue May 10 2016 Crochet Granny Squares Recently Viewed Products
    http://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk/category/clutch-bag/ (2016-04-29)

  • Uncategorized
    long time since I last blogged and reading Jo s blog posts over at The Only Place a really great blog reminded me I needed to dedicate more time over here on blogger Here is a really quick and easy tutorial for tissue paper flowers I know there are millions of these tutorials on the internet but I have been patiently waiting for a free moment to try these out myself for a long time and it was so easy to do I thought I would share it with you all They are really very simple to make You will need 4 6 sheets of tissue paper I found that approximately 6 x 4 worked well Scissors Wool string dental floss even 1 Lay your sheets of tissues on top of each other Then start to fold them in an accordion fashion like this my folders were around 1 2 wide 2 Then tie your string tightly around the centre of your folded tissue paper so around the 3 height mark and then cut each end tip into a semi circle shape This is going to form the edge of your petal so it can be any round shape you like You should now be able to open your folds and each side will look like a fan 3 Slowly the paper can tear very easily pull apart each layer and as you do so the flower will start to take shape That is all there is to it So simple and really addictive I have seem them hanging from the ceiling in bedrooms and at weddings placed in trees and centre pieces Share your flowers with us over on our Facebook page Filed Under Uncategorized Fabric Flowers by jane 1 Comment 5 Feb 20 13 I have always wanted to make these fabric flowers mainly because they look so well made and I keep reading how simple they are to make Best of all it means I finally start to use up my scraps of material that I cannot bring myself to throw away So while my little man is playing on his mat hitting a toy that then proceeds to play out the same tune over and over again and over and over again I remain blissfully unstressed by it as I am rolling fabric into pretty flowers The tutorial I used is this lovely one by my sparkle her blog is awesome bright and colourful and vivid photos The tutorial for the rolled fabric flowers can be found here This is so easy and these fabric flowers can be used on so many things these are a few I could think of hats bracelets jackets small ones as earrings alice band you could refresh an old jacket and use small flowers down the sides of the collars for example shoes Here is my fabric flower 20 minutes later And that is where I will leave it today as my little man needs my attention Filed Under Uncategorized
    http://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk/category/uncategorized/ (2016-04-29)

  • jane
    your first round Look for a YouTube tutorial on this and give it a go once you re into the rhythm of it its pretty simple Just keep going until you get to your desired length I think mine was just over 200 stitches The next round is pretty simple 3ch and then start doing your hdc US remember its htc in the UK into the 3rd back loop Finish when your scarf is the width and thickness you would like it to be And thats all folks Start hooking now Note about the yarn I love using two strands of yarn at the same time to create a chunkier item with the added bonus it all crochets up even quicker It just depends what I have in my stash there are lots of lovely chunky yarns out there some quite reasonable too but if I have 2 balls of the same yarn I may as well use something from my stash Filed Under Crochet Tagged With crochet improvers crochet Knitted Dinosaur Head by jane Leave a Comment 2 Nov 20 15 Back in August I was lucky enough to go on a Crochet Retreat for the weekend and apart from having an entire weekend to crochet I also got to meet the incredibly sweet and talented Louise Walker from Sincerely Louise At just 24 Louise has taken the world of faux taxidermy by storm and I fell in love with the Faux T Rex Head kit she sells the minute I saw it I thought I would share my thoughts on this pattern and kit with you The kit arrived as above minus the head already knitted of course but the yarn and the packaging was exactly how its photographed You also get the needles stuffing eyes and felt for those scary teeth Knitting it up didn t take long at all Although I would agree with Louise its more of an intermediate level but if you are really comfortable with the knit and purl stitch then I think this is a fun challenge for you You will learn lots of pattern reading and how to knit up bobbles and use knit and purl in the same row I found that having the chart as well as the written pattern to refer to was very useful Don t be alarmed when you re finished knitting and the top part of his head looks more alligator like rather than T Rex like because once you have sewn the top and bottom parts together and stuffed him his whole entire face takes shape Then you add teeth and it brings him to life The kit came with a very generous amount of stuffing enough yarn to knit him up and have some left over to sew the head onto the pre drilled MDF mount There is literally nothing more you need to buy to make this prehistoric fella Priced at 37 99 I think this is really reasonable I loved it and would give this 10 out of 10 It took me about a week to knit up doing a bit each night A very quick and satisfying knit and I would highly recommend this to anyone who is dinosaur obsessed Sincerely Louise also does purple or red Triceratops Head for dino obsessed girls And here is the grand reveal All set up in my little 3 year old s bedroom above his bed He thinks it now protects him from the monsters Louise was at the Knitting Stitch Show in Alexandra Palace last month and I got to see all her knits in real life I was really keen to get another kit but it s very hard to choose between them all In the end I bought the Bear Pillow kit to knit up as my son really loves the book We re going on a Bear Hunt so I thought it would make a lovely Christmas present for him The pillow isn t on sale yet in her Etsy shop but I am sure it will be very soon can you see it in the top left hand corner its queued up in the to do pile of projects to be completed BEFORE Christmas The lovely Louise at the Knitting Stitching Show Alexander Palace Her Faux Taxidermy on display at the Knitting Stitching Show Alexander Palace Louise s T Rex Head made it into The Guardian last month A super talented young lady to keep your eye on Have you ever tried a big knit or if crochet I would love to hear more and see some photos Filed Under Knitting Tagged With dinosaur knitting LoveCrochet Snowflake Appeal by jane Leave a Comment 29 Oct 20 15 Home Start need your help guys Together with LoveCrochet and Kirsty Allsopp they are on a mission to collect 30 000 snowflakes to give to the children and families that Home Start supports to hang on their Christmas trees This is a really great cause and your snowflake will mean so much to these families over the Christmas period Who are Home Start Home Start gives emotional and practival and practical support to thousands of struggling families across the UK every year but there are still thousands they can t reach which is why they need your help The lovely Sarah Jayne from Bella Coco has written a pattern that can be downloaded from the LoveCrochet website right here Its not a difficult pattern to follow at all and if you are struggling you can watch her video tutorial here Please note her pattern is in UK terms What it means to me I wish we could help all the children and families who are struggling all over the world Its a very genuine wish and being a parent myself I know its tough keeping everything in check from finances to making sure our children are safe We are fortunate enough to have a warm home for our boys feed them
    http://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk/author/jane/ (2016-04-29)

  • The Classic Car Boot Sale
    of place in the studio I haven t quite found a bargain as good as that it was only 10 but there are always hordes of great little trinkets like sunglasses vintage Ladybird books cute tea towels handbags and all sorts of others accessories to be found The best find of the day A vintage beaded purse bag I was desperate to try on this turquoise hat with all that bright veiling Held at Kings Cross in London the event is a really great day out for everyone Depending on how serious you are about shopping however it can be a bit tricky when you re trying to trawl through what s on offer and bargain with sellers when you have two kids in tow one of whom specifically one the look out for a spaceship with a dinosaur A recycled fun fair horse carousel into a light Luckily it s not all knick knacks and bric a brac and there s food and music ranging from 40s 80s being played atop an open air Routemaster bus to help keep the little ones and big ones entertained not to mention so many colourful characters dressed up in vintage gear and hairstyles for the occasion Check out that couple in the photo and then check out those martini glasses With the sun shining and so many vintage clothes craft items and haberdashery for sale what better way is there to spend a weekend than relaxing and getting inspired by these amazing people and things Old tin drums Now where was this book when I got married published by Mills Boon Filed Under Out Tagged With car boot sale classic car boot sale retro vintage Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name
    http://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk/the-classic-car-boot-sale/ (2016-04-29)

  • car boot sale
    Honestly its the most colourful and best car boot sale you will find The first time I ever attended one of these boot sales I came home with a lovely baby blue Singer sewing machine that you can see sitting pride of place in the studio I haven t quite found a bargain as good as that it was only 10 but there are always hordes of great little trinkets like sunglasses vintage Ladybird books cute tea towels handbags and all sorts of others accessories to be found The best find of the day A vintage beaded purse bag I was desperate to try on this turquoise hat with all that bright veiling Held at Kings Cross in London the event is a really great day out for everyone Depending on how serious you are about shopping however it can be a bit tricky when you re trying to trawl through what s on offer and bargain with sellers when you have two kids in tow one of whom specifically one the look out for a spaceship with a dinosaur A recycled fun fair horse carousel into a light Luckily it s not all knick knacks and bric a brac and there s food and music ranging from 40s 80s being played atop an open air Routemaster bus to help keep the little ones and big ones entertained not to mention so many colourful characters dressed up in vintage gear and hairstyles for the occasion Check out that couple in the photo and then check out those martini glasses With the sun shining and so many vintage clothes craft items and haberdashery for sale what better way is there to spend a weekend than relaxing and getting inspired by these amazing people and things Old tin drums Now where was
    http://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk/tag/car-boot-sale/ (2016-04-29)


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